As romantic as it is historic
With its seaboard villages, Easter Ross is full of history and romance – an area blessed with a fabulous pictish past, unsurpassed views from the Fyrish monument and seals basking along the shoreline. Learn how whisky is made– Easter Ross is home to three malt whisky distilleries!
Easter Ross sits on the east coast of the North Coast 500 and offers unparalleled views across the waters to Aberdeenshire which can be seen from the shores of Portmahomack, Milton and Cadboll. Explore the fishing villages along the east coast + find out what else you can get up to in Easter Ross.
For more information,check out www.exploreeasterross.co.uk
Photos: Andrew Dowsett Photography: Tarbat Ness Lighthouse, Rockfield, Portmoahmack, Invergordon
Discover the attractions in Easter Ross worth that extra mile
Whilst we hope to promote the North Coast 500 as a designated route throughout the North Highlands of Scotland, we really want everyone to explore the places in and near the route too! There are hundreds of things to see and do that require that extra mile for the whole Highland experience!
Go ‘off the beaten track’ and discover the towns, villages and hamlets off the route. Discover your own hidden gems. Check out our itineraries for inspiration and our ‘what to see and do area’ of our website.
Handy Information about your adventure
- Easter Ross is situated along the east coast on the A9
- Train lines flow through most of the towns via Inverness
- The Pictish Trail flows through Easter Ross and brings together all of the carvings and marks left by the lost people.
NC500 Members in Easter Ross
Official NC500 Members
Kincraig Castle HotelKincraig Castle Hotel, Near Tomich, By Invergordon, Ross-shire, IV18 0LF +44 (0)1349 852 587
As you journey along the tree-lined drive, between open fields, Kincraig Castle creates a striking first impression. This luxurious 4 star country house hotel overlooking the ‘Black Isle’ is country classic without the stuffiness. It’s an idyllic place for a romantic retreat and a favourite with families seeking a relaxing break with a dash of […]
Glenmorangie HouseGlenmorangie House, Cadboll, by Fearn, Tain, IV20 1XP +44 (0)1862 871 671
Overlooking the unspoilt shores of the Moray Firth and nestled amongst the ruins of an old castle, Glenmorangie’s Highland home is both luxurious and intimate. With everything you would expect from a 5-star hotel, but with the warmth and personality of a country house party, this really is a special place to come and experience […]
Kiltearn HouseKiltearn House, Kiltearn, Evanton, Ross-shire IV16 9UY +44 (0)1349 830 617
A friendly welcome awaits you at Kiltearn House. We are a family-run 4 Star Gold accredited Visit Scotland and Michelin Guest House offering hotel standards with a personal touch. This Victorian former Manse is set in a beautiful countryside location directly on the coast with magnificent sea views across the Cromarty Firth. Fitness tracks and signposted […]
Heathfield Highland EstateHeathfield Highland Estate, Heathfield, Invergordon IV18 0LN +44 (0)7515 333 805
Heathfield Highland Farm Cottages is a former farm steading set in beautiful countryside about 25 miles North of Inverness. With superb views, our holiday homes provide the ideal base to discover the Highlands. Heathfield offers four luxury self-catering cottages and two farmhouses, all superbly equipped with tasteful quality furnishings and with all the home comforts […]
Seaboard Memorial HallSeaboard Memorial Hall, East Street, Balintore, Tain, IV20 1UA +44 (0)1862 832 888
The Seaboard Centre caters for all travellers and tourists to the Highlands. We are perfectly positioned in the picturesque Seaboard Villages with spectacular views of the Moray Firth. As a central part of the Pictish trail, we are home to the original base of the Hilton of Cadboll Pictish Stone and the famous Mermaid of […]
Star DremeWest End, Rockfield, Tain, Highlands, IV20 1RF +44 (0)1862 871 783
Specialty coffee, artisan hand baked cakes and ice cream all handmade in the Highlands. We make both dairy and vegan ice cream. We also stock a range of gifts that are in tune with the planet. Our unique cafe and shop is located on the beach. Visitors can sit outside on the shores of the […]
The Shandwick StoneThe Shandwick Stone, Shandwick Trust, Tain, IV20 1UT +44 (0)1862 893 798
The Shandwick Stone (Clach a’Charridh) has stood majestically overlooking the Moray Firth for over 1000 years. One of three beautifully carved Pictish/early Christian cross slabs still in Easter Ross.
The Real Sweets & Gift CompanyThe Real Sweets & Gift Company, The Pump Room, Strathpeffer, IV14 9DY +44 (0)7801 759 217
The Real Sweets & Gift Company are situated in the historic Strathpeffer Spa Pump Room. An independent business providing a Giftshop and Gallery with an eclectic mix of unique and unusual gifts, particularly promoting work by Highland based professional Artists and Crafters in the gallery, with a selection of other quality gifts too. In the […]
Toulvaddie DistilleryToulvaddie Distillery, Fearn Aerodrome, Fearn, IV20 1XW +44 (0)1862 808 138
First Scotch Whisky Distillery to be founded soley by a woman. Producing Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
Tarbat Discovery CentreTarbat Discovery Centre, Tarbatness Road, Portmahomack, Tain, IV20 1YA +44 (0)1862 891 351
Tarbat Discovery Centre is a local heritage museum, learning and activity centre situated on the Tarbat Peninsula, and set within the attractive fishing village of Portmahomack. The site was excavated in the 90s by the University of York and is of national significance being one of the earliest Christian sites in Britain dating from the […]
The Selkie Lady – Diana Bertoldi3 Swordale Steading South, Evanton, IV16 9XA +44 (0)7814 519 934
Our guide and driver services make your stay in Scotland truly magical and unforgettable. From Outlander to history, from Castles to Whisky, live the land like no other. Find your favourite tour among the ones on my website or contact me to design your bespoke dream tour. Families with children and specially gifted guests are […]
Birdwatchers’ CabinBalblair Cottage, Little Ferry, Golspie, KW10 6TA +44 (0)7799 887 770
The Birdwatchers’ beach line luxury cabin A unique and cosy off grid log cabin nestled on the edge of Balblair woods in the Loch Fleet National Nature Reserve. Perfect for unwinding and taking in the nature all around or as a relaxing and comfortable stop over on your journey around the North Coast 500. We […]
Balnagown EstatesBaldagown Estate, Invergordon IV18 0NU +44 (0)1862 843 601
Balnagown Estates offer a selection of superb luxury lodges, houses, and cottages, with each being located within close proximity to the North Coast 500. The accommodation is ideally located for holidays in the Scottish Highlands and activities such as walking, fishing, golf, exploring, bird watching and nature, or of course just for a truly relaxing […]
Victoriana Florists & GiftsVictoriana Florist & Gifts, 58, High Street, Alness, IV17 0SG +44 (0)1349 884 812
Victoriana Florist & Gifts is an award winning family business situated on the busy High Street in Alness.
Victoriana ClothingVictoriana Clothing, 57, High Street, Alness, IV17 0SH +44 (0)1349 884 812
Victoriana Clothing offers many popular brands in casual womenswear including Joules, Seasalt, Lily & Me, Mistral, Nomads, Weirdfish to name a few along with fashion accessories
Dolphin View PropertiesSandbank, Chapel Hill, Portmahomack, IV20 1YH +44 (0)7479 364 634
Four seaside holiday cottages in the Scottish highlands. Dolphin view cottages are situated on the seafront of the picturesque village of Portmahomack, the small fishing village lies on the peninsula between the moray firth and the Dornoch firth. With uninterrupted panoramic views over the Dornoch firth to the Sutherland mountains, the cottages are the perfect […]
The Storehouse Restaurant and Farm ShopThe Storehouse Restaurant and Farm Shop, Foulis Ferry, Evanton, IV16 9UX +44 (0)1349 830 038
Situated near the start – or end of the North Coast 500! The Storehouse restaurant, farm shop and gift shop is located on the banks of the Cromarty Firth, enclosed in a fully-restored 18th century storehouse. Restaurant Our self-service restaurant is popular among locals and visitors! Renowned throughout the area for our delicious food – from […]
Dornoch Firth Caravan ParkDornoch Firth Caravan Park, Meikle Ferry South, Tain, IV19 1JX +44 (0)1862 892 292
Dornoch Firth Caravan Park is a peaceful, family-owned holiday park in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. Set amongst picturesque rural and coastal scenery, the park enjoys expansive views of the beautiful Dornoch Firth. It is easily accessible, just off the A9 and only 45 minutes north of Inverness. The park makes an ideal base […]
Crazy Horse Coffee Shop & DinerCrazy Horse Coffee Shop & Diner, 74 High Street, Invergordon, IV18 0DL +44 (0)1349 852 030
Chefs specials. Breakfast & Brunch menus. Quality ground coffee & specialist teas. Home baked cakes & country style soups. Locally reared haggis, neeps & tatties. Local Banter! Invergordon is located just 25 miles north of Inverness on the Cromarty Firth North-shore. Explore the Invergordon Murals and Naval Museum. Maybe see one of the huge cruise […]
Seaboard BreaksSeaboard Breaks, Broomtown Farm, Balintore, IV20 1XN +44 (0)1862 842 552
This recently constructed Scandinavian pine log cabin is situated 10 minutes walk from the beautiful sandy beaches of the Seaboard Villages of Shandwick, Balintore and Hilton in Easter Ross. The cabin is positioned in trees adjacent to a working farm and offers stunning views West to Ben Wyvis and North to the hills and mountains […]
North Motorhomes21 Cromlet Park, Invergordon, IV18 0RN +44 (0)7788 418 645
North Motorhomes is a luxury motorhome hire service. We are based in the Highlands of Scotland with extensive knowledge within the customer experience industry. Our motorhomes are brand new and come packed with a load of extras included within the price such as unlimited mileage, insurance, gas and a very special little gift from North […]
Nigg Old ChurchNigg Old Church, Castlecraig House, Nigg, Tain, IV19 1QS +44 (0)1862 851 222
Nigg Old Church is a fine example of a Scottish parish church containing a magnificient Pictish monument dating from the eighth century. This church is open daily from 10:00am to 5:00pm, 1st April to 31st October.
The Shoe RoomThe Shoe Room, 60, High Street, Alness, IV17 0SG +44 (0)1349 884 812
The Shoe Room situated on the High Street in Alness offers a fantastic selection of footwear for the whole family.
RSPB Scotland Nigg Bay Nature ReserveRSPB Nigg Bay, Tain IV19, UK +44 (0)1463 715 000
Nigg Bay reserve is a vast area of mudflat, saltmarsh and wet grassland that lies along the NC500 route. It is located within the Cromarty Firth Site of Special Scientific Interest and Special Protection area. Take a seat in the well placed hide and listen to the ‘bubbling’ call of the curlew, gaze at graceful […]
North Coast ClassicsUnit 2, 6 Fodderty Way, Dingwall, IV15 9XB +44 (0)7889 671 812
North Coast Classics offer self-drive classic car hire in the Highlands of Scotland. Our hire fleet currently comprises a 1964 Volvo Amazon 122S, a 1978 MGB Roadster, and a 1973 Volvo 1800ES sports estate, all excellent and reliable cars for a NC500 road trip. Check our website for more details of our cars, availability and […]
George Cockburn & SonGeorge Cockburn & Son, 19 Mill Street, Dingwall, IV15 9PZ +44 (0)1349 862 315
We are a long established family butchers shop. We sell locally reared beef, lamb and pork as well as seasonal game when available. All our products from sausages and burgers to our renowned steak pies are produced in our shop. It was in 1976 that we received national recognition for winning the title of Scotland’s […]
Aldie House (Galbraith)Aldie House, Tain, IV19 1LZ +44 (0)1463 224 343
For Sale (via Galbraith) UNDER OFFER A fully renovated country house in immaculate grounds. 3 Reception rooms & 6 Bedrooms. A beautifully presented interior. Formal gardens with parterre, ha-ha and kitchen garden. Hartley Botanics heated greenhouse, garage, wood store and potting shed. Mill pond and mature woodland. Within easy reach of Inverness. On the NC500. […]
Sports and Model ShopSports and Model Shop, 66 High Street, Dingwall, IV15 9RY +44 (0)1349 862 346
Daily and weekly fishing permits available for the River Conon. Fishing tackle and bait available. We are also one of only 5 model shops in Scotland- well worth a visit. NC500 Member Discount Available: 10% off RRP Proof of Membership required (please show your Welcome Email or Gold Membership Club 500 ID Card).
Tarrel FarmhouseTarrel Farmhouse, Portmahomack, Ross-Shire, IV20 1SL +44 (0)1862 871 607
Tarrel Farmhouse is a five-bedroom guesthouse on the Tarbat Peninsula – one of Scotland’s best kept secrets!
Tain & District MuseumTain & District Museum, Tower Street, Tain, IV19 1DY +44 (0)1862 894 089
Tain & District Museum and Clan Ross Center opens the door to the history of Tain, an ancient royal burgh in the north of the Highlands of Scotland. It is set in a complex of three buildings; a medieval collegiate church, a museum, and a visitor centre in an old schoolhouse, all within an atmospheric […]
Tarbat LodgeTarbat Lodge, Main Street, Portmahomack, IV20 1YB +44 (0)7768 100 008
Tarbat Lodge offers a spectacular location overlooking the picturesque stone harbour of Portmahomack, with views across the Dornoch Firth to the Sutherland hills beyond.
Dalmore Farm CottagesDalmore Farm Cottages, Dalmore Farm, Alness, IV17 0UX +44 (0)7740 410 257
Dalmore, a family farm in the heart of the Highlands
TroutQuestTroutQuest, Dalgheal House, Dingwall, IV16 9XH +44 (0)1349 830 606
TroutQuest offers fly fishing experiences for salmon and wild brown trout on numerous rivers and lochs in Ross-shire, and guided excursions throughout the Northern Highlands and along the North Coast 500 route. We offer GAIC-qualified fly fishing instruction for trout and salmon, fishing experiences for beginners or experienced anglers, and specialise in custom ‘Learn to […]
The LarderThe Larder, 45 High Street, Alness, IV17 0PT +44 (0)1349 884 812
Locally sourced products in the heart of the Highlands.
Fodderty LodgeFodderty Lodge, Strathpeffer, IV15 9UE +44 (0)1997 421 393
Fodderty Lodge, dating from 1730, is a former manse that sits in 2 acres of grounds, situated in a peaceful rural location yet is only 2 miles from local amenities. Adjoining the Lodge there are three traditional, comfortable and well-equipped self-catering holiday cottages that sleep 2, 4 and 6 people, graded 3 and 4 star. […]
Picaresque Books & Galerie FantooshPicaresque Books & Galerie Fantoosh, 55 High Street, Dingwall, IV15 9HL +44 (0)1349 863 140
Book Shop and Gallery well worth a visit. Paintings and prints, new and old books with an emphasis on the Highlands. Local crafts, ceramics, other collectables including maps and jewellery.
Glenmorangie Distillery Visitor CentreGlenmorangie Distillery Visitor Centre, Glenmorangie Distillery, Tain, IV19 1PZ +44 (0)1862 892 477
Amidst the golden barley fields of Ross-shire, and on the banks of the Dornoch firth, lies the Glenmorangie Distillery. Here you will find a warm Highland welcome from the legendary Men of Tain, the skilled craftsmen who ensure that Glenmorangie is created in the same unhurried and uncompromising way it has always been since 1843. […]
The Old Manse Bed & BreakfastThe Old Manse Bed and Breakfast, Kildary, Invergordon, IV18 0NZ +44 (0)1862 842 357
The Old Manse was built circa 1780s and is set in large woodland gardens, just off the A9. We offer three spacious bedrooms, two doubles, one with ensuite the other with large private bathroom, not shared, and a twin with ensuite. There is ample secure parking with lockable storage for bikes/motorbikes. Tain, Scotland’s oldest Royal […]
Whisky & Tweed5a, Ross Street, Tain, IV19 1BA +44 (0)7733 113 026
Travel Scotland in comfort and at your own pace with your very own Highlander to guide you. We provide luxury private tours for up to six people and specialise in ensuring that your experience is authentic, relaxed and enjoyable
Highland Museum of ChildhoodHighland Museum of Childhood, The Old Station, Strathpeffer, IV14 9DH +44 (0)1997 421 031
The museum is located in Strathpeffer’s charming old Victorian station where trains brought visitors to the village in it’s heyday as a spa. Telling the story of childhood across the Highlands of Scotland, the displays reflect the stories of children, crofters and townsfolk and explore the customs and traditions. Themes include Birth and Baptism, Health […]